This hearty hamburger soup is loaded with ground beef, potatoes and  an assortment of vegetables, all in a savory broth. The perfect easy dinner option that the whole family will love!

When I’m looking for a one pot meal that I know will be a crowd pleaser, I turn to chili mac, chicken cacciatore or this simple yet satisfying hamburger soup.

Hamburger soup with potatoes and vegetables is an economical and easy meal option.

Sometimes I find myself with a pound of ground beef and no clue what to make with it. It’s times like that when I turn to hamburger soup- it’s satisfying, quick, and you can customize it with whatever ingredients you already have around the house. Looking for more ways to use this versatile type of meat? Try my creamy and comforting ground beef stroganoff!

Check out some of my other favorite soup recipes like albondigas soup, stuffed pepper soup and cheeseburger soup.

Hamburger Soup Ingredients

To make hamburger soup, make sure you have olive oil, an onion, carrots, celery, ground beef, garlic, a can of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, beef broth, a potato, frozen corn, green beans, parsley, salt and black pepper.

A pot with onions, carrots and celery.

How Do You Make Hamburger Soup?

This hamburger soup recipe starts with the classic base of onion, carrot and celery. Sautee the onion, carrot and celery in a little olive oil until softened in a large pot. After your veggies cook, the hamburger goes into the pot to brown. Break up the beef into crumbles. Add garlic and cook for a few seconds. Next add tomatoes, tomato sauce, diced potato, beef broth and herbs to the pot, then bring the whole thing to a boil and then let it simmer. After the potatoes soften, stir in some corn and green beans with some salt and pepper. Add a sprinkle of parsley, then serve and enjoy!

Ground beef is added to the vegetables in a pot.

Tips For The Perfect Soup

  • I use 90% lean ground beef. It’s got plenty of flavor but doesn’t make the hamburger soup greasy. If you’re using beef with a higher fat content, drain off any excess fat after cooking the meat.
  • I use fresh green beans, but you can absolutely use frozen if you prefer. The key is to add them at the end of the cooking time so that they don’t get mushy.
  • While cooking your ground beef, make sure to break it up into bite sized pieces.
  • Make sure to cut all of your vegetables into similar sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate.
  • You can use store bought Italian seasoning or make your own Italian seasoning.
  • Leftovers of this hamburger soup stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or over low heat on the stove top.

Quick Tip

The smaller you cut your potatoes, the less time it will take for this soup to cook. I cut my potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes and it typically takes about 20-25 minutes for the potatoes to soften.

Potatoes and tomatoes go into hamburger soup before the pot comes to a simmer.

Recipe FAQs

Can you freeze hamburger soup?

This soup is a great candidate for the freezer, and will stay fresh for up to 2 months. Thaw the soup in the fridge overnight, then reheat it on the stove over low heat until warmed through.

What is hamburger soup made of?

You can make hamburger soup with ground beef, veggies, a potato, tomato paste, beef broth and seasonings.

Do you drain hamburger meat for soup?

If your ground beef has a more fat than 90% lean beef, you will need to drain off the fat. For example, if you use 85% lean or 80% lean ground beef you will want to drain the fat after cooking the meat.

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A pot of hamburger soup filled with cooked ground beef, veggies and seasonings.

Hamburger Soup Variations

I love this recipe as-is, but you can absolutely add other ingredients into the mix to customize the soup to your tastes.

  • Protein: Instead of ground beef, try ground turkey, mild Italian sausage or even cooked shredded chicken.
  • Potatoes: Skip the Russet potatoes and use Yukon Gold potatoes, red potatoes or even sweet potatoes.
  • Pasta: You can add short pasta like macaroni when the soup has about 10 minutes left to cook. If you add pasta, you will want to add some extra broth for the pasta to absorb.
  • Vegetables: Try adding other veggies such as kale, butternut squash, bell peppers, spinach, zucchini or peas.
  • Spicy: Add some heat with a little hot sauce, chili powder, cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Cheese: You can top this soup with shredded cheddar cheese when serving the soup.

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

This soup can be made in the slow cooker instead of on the stove top. Follow the first four steps of the recipe, then place the ground beef and vegetable mixture in a crock pot along with the tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, potatoes and Italian seasoning. Cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours. Stir in the frozen corn and green beans and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.

This hamburger soup is hearty enough to stand on its own as a complete meal, but I often serve it with some crusty bread because it’s such a nice complement to the soup. I also serve this soup with cheesy pull apart bread or homemade dinner rolls.

What’s your favorite way to use hamburger meat? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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Hamburger Soup

AuthorSara Welch
Hamburger soup with potatoes and vegetables is an economical and easy meal option.
This hearty hamburger soup is loaded with ground beef, potatoes and  an assortment of vegetables, all in a savory broth. The perfect easy dinner option that the whole family will love!
Time
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 2 carrots peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or equal parts of garlic powder, dried oregano and dried basil
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 large russet potato peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup diced green beans fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley optional

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery to the pot.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes or until softened. 
  • Add the ground beef to the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned and mostly cooked through. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, beef broth and potato to the pot; bring to a simmer.
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
  • Stir in the corn and green beans and cook for 5 minutes more. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Notes

  1. The smaller you cut your potatoes, the less time it will take for this soup to cook. I cut mine into 1/2 inch cubes and it typically takes about 20-25 minutes for the potatoes to soften.
  2. I use a 90% lean ground beef. It’s got plenty of flavor but doesn’t make the soup greasy. If you’re using beef with a higher fat content, drain off any excess fat after cooking the meat.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 972mg | Potassium: 788mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3455IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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  1. I was true to your recipe and it was delicious and so easy to prepare!! I used to make a similar soup when kids were young and they wouldn’t eat it, now as adults they can appreciate it! Leftovers will be frozen so I can enjoy as winter comes. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. 5 stars
    I used this recipe as a guide and added in ketchup mustard and pickle juice. I was skeptical at first with the condiments but I was extremely happy with the results. Feeding a bunch of high school kids at a boarding school. Tastes just like a hamburger! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Great soup and the whole family loved it including picky 5 and 2 year olds! Used ground bison and thickened it with instant mashed potatoes because my spouse doesn’t like ‘soup’ omitting Italian seasoning due to allergies.

  4. 5 stars
    I have started making my beef vegetable soup using hamburger and part of this recipe with my own added twists and turns! It is simply amazing! I love it with hamburger meat instead of beef cubes! I would like to try it using boneless chicken breast too. I do omit the tomato sauce and use Hot Spicy V8 Juice along with most of the other ingredients mentioned in this recipe. It is truly amazing and a whole new taste with the Hot Spicy V8 Juice.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday for my kids and it was amazing!! I didn’t have all the ingredients so here were my changes:
    Used one whole onion
    1 1/2 lbs of organic ground beef
    Don’t like Italian seasoning so I added 1/2 teaspoon each of basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder
    Didn’t have tomato sauce so omitted
    Used a whole can (about 15 oz cans) each of corn and cut green beans drained
    Didn’t have any parsley but would add if I had it
    I sautéed I the instant pot the celery, carrots, onion, in olive oil about 5 minutes, then added the hamburger. Deglazed with broth, added the veggies and seasonings and cooked on high pressure for 10 minutes, natural release. It was sooooo delicious! Served with corn bread. For sure, this is a keeper!! I might make this again this weekend. Thank you so much.

    1. Thank you for posting this review. I was wondering if I could make it using my Instant Pot. It’s cooking as I type this… let’s hope it’s good 🙂

  6. I was told of this by a friend and made it last night for my dinner.
    I didn’t have green beans so I used frozen peas. No diced tomatoes so I used whole tomatoes. No beef broth so I used Better than Bouillon. Still came out delicious. Thanks.

  7. 5 stars
    This is the second time I used this recipe for hamburger soup and we love it! This time I added a can of Rotel and added peas instead of green beans (didn’t have any). So yummy!

  8. 5 stars
    I love making hamburger muffins,I live alone ,so I dont make big meals except holidays when everyone comes,I add all my favorites,cheese,seasonings of my choice,topped withchunky tomato sauce,cook at 350 deg for 25 -30 minutes

  9. Love the soup very flavourful and healthy with all the veggies ,I even add an extra potatoes and frozen organic peas and my two year old son devoured it 🙂 also I cook my extra extra lean ground beef in a different pan and drain it & then mix it with the onion carrots and celery so I don’t have to drain the juices from those beehives with the ground beef as they are very nutritious . Thanks for the recipe!!!!

    1. 5 stars
      I made this with the following subs: Impossible Ground instead of ground beef and veggie broth instead of beef broth. DELICIOUS!!

  10. 5 stars
    What a delicious soup ! I always enjoy putting my own twist on a recipe so I added some strong black coffee to the broth as well as some balsamic vinegar. Yummy!

  11. I made this soup and was so surprised how flavorful it is. I need to provide 8 quarts of soup for our organization. Can you tell me how many quarts this recipe makes? Thinking about tripling the recipe. Thank yo7.

  12. When I was in the Boy Scouts way back When This was called Campers Stew! All One Needed Was Ground Beef and Vegetables Soup which was purchased at the Store! Was a Cheap eat back then!

    John

  13. 5 stars
    Such a wonderful, comforting soup for the season! I love the addition of all those vegetables. So perfect for the family and one pot too!

  14. 5 stars
    Truly delicious soup! I never had thought about using ground beef in a soup recipe, but this is SO GOOD!